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Posted on Mon, 8 May 2017
Question: wHAT CAN CAUSE A LACK OF BLOOD FLOW TO THE COLON?

i WAS TOLD THAT i HAD AN INFECTION IN THE UPPER LEFT SIDE OF COLON AND THAT WHITE BLOOD COUNT WAS HIGH.
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Answered by Dr. Sunil (28 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ischemic colitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for choosing this forum to ask your query.

Most likely you are talking about ischemic colitis.Ischemic colitis is a medical condition in which inflammation and injury of the large intestine(usualy colon) result from inadequate blood supply. Although uncommon in the general population, ischemic colitis occurs with greater frequency in the elderly, and is the most common form of bowel ischemia.
Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of colon is reduced, usually due to narrowed or blocked arteries. The diminished blood flow doesn't provide enough oxygen for the cells in your digestive system.

As per your causes can be -
-Atherosclerosis of arteries.
-Hypotension associated with heart failure, major surgery, trauma or shock
-Blood clot in an artery supplying the colon or, less commonly venous thrombosis.
-Bowel obstruction caused by a hernia, scar tissue or a tumor.
-Medical disorders that affect your blood, such as inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis), lupus or sickle cell anemia


Treatment depends on underlying cause.

Thanks.
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Suggest treatment for ischemic colitis

Brief Answer: Ischemic colitis. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for choosing this forum to ask your query. Most likely you are talking about ischemic colitis.Ischemic colitis is a medical condition in which inflammation and injury of the large intestine(usualy colon) result from inadequate blood supply. Although uncommon in the general population, ischemic colitis occurs with greater frequency in the elderly, and is the most common form of bowel ischemia. Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of colon is reduced, usually due to narrowed or blocked arteries. The diminished blood flow doesn't provide enough oxygen for the cells in your digestive system. As per your causes can be - -Atherosclerosis of arteries. -Hypotension associated with heart failure, major surgery, trauma or shock -Blood clot in an artery supplying the colon or, less commonly venous thrombosis. -Bowel obstruction caused by a hernia, scar tissue or a tumor. -Medical disorders that affect your blood, such as inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis), lupus or sickle cell anemia Treatment depends on underlying cause. Thanks.